By Jared S. Hopkins and Peter Loftus
Makers of vaccine candidates are targeting states where infections are surging, such as Florida, Arizona and Texas
Vaccine researchers are trying new tacks in an unprecedented effort to recruit the tens of thousands of healthy volunteers needed to finish testing coronavirus shots in late stages of development.
Quickly lining up all the subjects for so many studies at the same time poses several challenges, creating competition among companies.
Given the urgency, researchers are taking unusual steps, such as recruiting at pharmacies, enlisting churches in searches for subjects and even requesting employees and families to ask around.
Researchers are also rolling out algorithms to target recruitment in places at risk of getting hit with the virus.
Finding the patients will be crucial to conducting the trials to evaluate whether the experimental vaccines safely protect against the virus. The broader population can’t start getting vaccines until the shots pass muster in the trials.
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